Things to do on Mother's Day in London

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If you're organising Mother's Day in the capital this year, be sure to include one of these mum-friendly events in your plans. Scenic cycling, stunning flower shows and a fashion festival – thankfully, there's a solid selection of Mum-approved things happening in London on Sunday March 15 2015.


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Savage Beauty, the first retrospective of Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary creative talent, comes home to London after a triumphant run at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The most popular fashion exhibition in history, it’s the first retrospective of the work of the late designer, who was known for catwalk collections that were dramatic, dark and always boundary-pushing. Spanning his MA graduate collection to his unfinished AW 2010 collection, Savage Beauty is the

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Mar 14 - Sun Jul 19
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Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

Enter a Marlene Dumas exhibition and you never know who you might meet. Among the subjects of the South Africa-born, Amsterdam-based painter’s work over the past few years are Jesus, Princess Diana, Phil Spector, Amy Winehouse and Osama bin Laden. Dumas is the painter-doyenne of dark undercurrents, tragic lives and falls from grace. ‘I have always been interested in how you can depict suffering without being heavy-handed,' she told us when we spoke in 2011. Dumas avoids

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Thu Feb 5 - Sun May 10
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Women Fashion Power

Whether it's shoulder pads, twinsets or a dress made of meat, what a women wears is one of her most complex forms of self-expression. Influential women throughout history have used fashion to their advantage. This exhibition looks at the wardrobes of 25 exceptional women, who've made their names in politics, culture, business and fashion, with each of them contributing an outfit. The women featured include Dame Vivienne Westwood, Kirsty Wark, Joan Burnstein and Pearl Lam, with

  1. Design Museum 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
  2. Until Sun Apr 26
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What does the future really hold for us? We're still holding out for tubes that fling us across town like they have in 'Futurama', but even if pipes aren't in the pipeline there are lots of advances to get excited about, and they'll all be explored on the line-up at this two-day festival of innovation. Expect discussions on the future of democracy, the security and technological changes behind the way we now use money and the effects of robots on the working world. More hands-on

  1. Vinopolis 1 Bank End, SE1 9BU
  2. Sat Mar 14 - Sun Mar 15
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Columbia Road Flower Market

One of London’s most visually appealing markets, Columbia Road overflows with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday. There are bulbs, herbs, shrubs and bedding plants too. Alongside the Sunday market you’ll find a host of independent galleries and shops selling pottery, perfume and the like – many of them are only open at the weekends, and they often shut up shop with the market at 3pm. Turn up as things start to wind down at around 2pm for the best bargains, or as

  1. Columbia Road Flower Market Columbia Rd, E2 7RG
  2. Until Sun Nov 6
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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

Provocative, surreal and instantly recognisable: the work of Guy Bourdin marks a high point in twentieth century fashion photography, turning editorial and advertising imagery into something rich and strange. Guy Bourdin: Image Maker is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of his work, charting his 40 year career from protégé of Man Ray to photography revolutionary. Over 100 colour exhibition prints, as well as early and late works in black and white, will be on display, along

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Until Sun Mar 15
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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

  • Free

Our picture may be somewhat skewed as a result of compulsive viewing of various TV crime series but, every which way you carefully inspect it, forensics is a damn cool use of science. This exhibition of original evidence, archival material, photographs, film footage, specimens, forensic implements and artworks will look at the history, art and science of forensic medicine. Exploring the area where law and medicine cross over, it promises to reveal the truth behind some of the

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
  2. Thu Feb 26 - Sun Jun 21
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Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

Rationing didn't only mean a dowdy dinner table – World War II's austerity measures affected clothing too, leaving the British public to adapt their fashions accordingly. Clearly the make-do-and-mend attitude was especially effective when it came to what to wear, for the results were more casual styles and some ingenious renovating and recycling. This exhibition of accessories, photographs, film, artworks, interviews and clothing provides insight into the home lives of men and

  1. Imperial War Museum Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
  2. Thu Mar 5 - Mon Aug 31
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Sunday UpMarket

Vying for attention in the market heavy Brick Lane, though frankly the biggest draw by far, is the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery. Here, you’ll find a buzzing mishmash of mopey students, bona fide locals and edgy attention seekers riffling through vintage stalls, quirky crafts by up-and-coming designers and stacks of old vinyl. If it all gets too much, artisan food stalls offer everything from dainty cupcakes to rich Ethiopian coffee, Japanese yakisoba, tapas and dim

  1. Sunday UpMarket 91 Brick Lane, The Old Truman Brewery, (entrances on Brick Lane & Hanbury Street), E1 6QL
  2. Sun Mar 15
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Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

  • Free

The cross-dressing ceramist presents a show of 14 portraits. Coinciding with the screening of his Channel 4 ‘Who Are You?’ series, in which Perry turns his attention to portraiture and identity, this display brings together some of the individuals Perry met during the filming including politician Chris Huhne and 'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark as well as a new self-portrait. Varying from tapestries to pots, the Turner Prize-winning artist captures his sitter’s

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Until Sun Mar 15
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Adams Antiques Fair

This huge antiques fair has been selling precious objects  at 'The Horti' since the 1970s, making it one of the stalwarts of the London antiques scene. Join the queue that usually forms ahead of the opening hours to be among the first to browse the 140-odd stalls and find yourself a bargain. There's free parking for those looking to pick up a sizeable haul.

  1. Royal Horticultural Halls 80 Vincent Square, SW1P 2PE
  2. Sun Feb 8 - Sun Dec 13
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Users say


Shocked by you view of mothers and therefore woman in general.  flowers, tea and homeware. really!??????


what happens if you dont have that much money. you carnt just go to london for free.

Ley Holloway
Ley Holloway

Old fashioned view of Mum, I'm a Mum and Grandma, my choice would have been the Ice Age art exhibition at the British Museum.